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You Know You Eat (mostly) Unprocessed Food When…

As I was making dinner this evening, I was debating whether or not to add another can of tomato paste to the chicken.  (Now, we always wash the top of the can before opening it.)  Then I thought, “I have to add it, I already washed it and it will go bad if I don’t use it!”

Well, maybe veg goes bad quickly after washing, but I don’t think that applies to cans. 

(As an aside, we ate our first garden tomato for this year!  It was a delish Cherokee Purple.  There’s another one that should be ripe soon, yay!)

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Cinema Thursday: The Miseducation of America with Charlotte Iserbyt

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt (pronounced Izzer-bee), former Senior Policy Adviser in the US Department of Education during the Reagan administration, was interviewed in May of 2011 about the miseducation of America.  It’s not so much an interview as it is her telling the story of what has gone on in education.  Please listen with both ears and your mind, you’ll need them.  There is so much information in this video.  I really felt that my brain drowned in information (that’s a good thing).

Charlotte Iserbyt’s website is deliberatedumbingdown.com.

Charlotte Iserbyt: The Miseducation of America Part 1-Full

Read the Transcript: America’s Road to Ruin

Read more of Iserbyt & others’ work here.

Charlotte has also written the book The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America which is online for free.   It is a chronological history of the past 100+ years of education reform.  It contains a lot of research including government plans and policy documents from her time in the Department of Education.

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Book Giveaway at New Life On a Homestead

Kendra, from New Life On a Homestead, is hosting a giveaway of Angela England’s book, Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less).  The focus of the book is on giving you the how-to you need to turn your backyard, however big or small it is, into a productive, sustainable mini-farm. England encourages her readers to eat healthier, save money, and live a more self-sufficient lifestyle by making the most of whatever space you have.

Go HERE to enter.

Photo from the Backyard Farming Facebook page.

I very much want to read this book since I live on just shy of an acre and I’d really like to maximize the productivity of my space.

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Top 10 GMO Crops

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GMOs are everywhere.

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Profitable & Patriotic: Backyard Poultry Raising

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Hey, Remember Me?

Hey there everybody!  I have not posted in a very long time.  There are plenty of reasons why, but let’s just say I have a Life and it has been demanding Attention.

A nearly spent bee balm blossom.

As for new developments around here, Chunky has gone to freezer camp.  It was a hard decision, but it was the right one.  The girls are bald from all the “attention”.  No, I didn’t do it myself, an experienced friend took him away in a box and brought him back in a bag.  I haven’t seen it yet, since I’m not sure how I’d handle it, but curiosity may override my squeamishness.

The little chickens turned 3 months old on the 18th.  The original crew turns a year old on the 27th and they’ll have been here a year on the 29th.

The young’uns.

Our garden got started on June 23rd.  I’m looking forward to pole beans, summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, and whatever beets the rabbits don’t get.

Our sort-of Back to Eden garden.

I’m not abandoning Madame Agrarian, I just can’t say how frequently I’ll post.  Thanks for hanging in there!

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Homestead Drying Racks Giveaway

Homestead Drying Racks has begun an emag!  The magazine covers many homesteading topics and an issue should come out quarterly.  It is a free download and you can click on the link below to view it in pdf format.

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For more information about the emag go to:http://www.homesteaddryingracks.com/emag.html

If you would like to join in the celebration, HCP is having a HUGE give away.

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